Two children filling up water bottles.


“Artefact was the ideal partner to bring our vision for drinking and handwashing stations to scale. The new design will benefit some one million children through Splash projects over the next five years by enabling access to clean water for drinking and water and soap for handwashing.”

Kid tested. Community approved.

Successful drinking and handwashing stations require more than just a child-friendly design. They need to be easy to manufacture, transport, install, and maintain.

We sat down with Splash’s team of behavior change and engineering experts to design stations that fit the community context. We explored not only who uses the stations and the cultural norms around drinking and handwashing, but also where and how the stations are fabricated, installed, and maintained.

After brainstorming, creating, and vetting more than 100 different ideas, we aligned on a design direction.

Close-up of a team meeting with an Artefact designer's hands sketching ideas for the Splash drinking and handwashing stations.

“Artefact’s thoughtful ideation and quick and iterative process pushed us to think in a more expansive way. We are proud to launch a product that can empower many more children than our previous designs could reach.”

Schoolchildren in red uniforms laughing and playing at Tensae Birhan Primary School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Schoolchildren playing, Tensae Birhan Primary School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Kidist’s Story

Render of a one-liter water bottle being filled at one of Artefact and Splash's blue drinking stations.

Community-friendly design

Before children can use the drinking and handwashing stations, they need to be installed and maintained by the organizations that use them. We designed a smooth, more hygienic form for simple cleaning and an easy-to-remove front access panel for installation and plumbing repair. Additionally, the stations are shipped pre-plumbed with all internal piping and taps attached and leak-tested, making for easier installation on site.

Schools and other child-serving institutions often receive funding for drinking and handwashing stations from sponsors. We included a customizable backsplash so that organizations could credit their sponsors directly on the stations and encourage future funding. Alternatively, the backsplash can also be used as a messaging space to promote hygiene behavior change.

Animated cross-section render showing the simple plumbing within Artefact and Splash's orange handwashing stations.

Efficient local manufacturing

Before making the switch to plastic, Splash manufactured stations from a variety of materials, including concrete, tile, and fiberglass. These manufacturing processes were time and labor intensive. The new stations designed by Splash and Artefact are manufactured using rotational molding, which allows for production of the stations at scale, with less labor needed and consistent quality.

Newly molded blue and orange Splash and Artefact drinking and handwashing stations lined up in a manufacturing facility.

Reaching one million children in five years

Inspired by the stations’ success in schools and orphanages, Splash’s larger goal is generational behavior change. Splash will provide some 1,600 schools with the new drinking and handwashing stations, reaching one million children by 2023. They have also launched a wholly owned social enterprise that will sell them to other non-profit organizations and governments. The stations will help consistently reinforce good hygiene habits throughout the community for both children and adults.